Hopkinsville Police charged a local man with multiple offenses, including fleeing and evading police last night.
47-year old Gregory Barker of Hopkinsville is charged with failure to use or improper signal, operating a motor vehicle under the influence with aggravated circumstances, no operators license and fleeing or evading police and contempt of court.
Police say Barker made a right turn from West 14th Street onto West 15th and failed to use a turn signal and made a wide turn onto the wrong side of the roadway.
During the course of the vehicle pursuit, police say Barker fled on foot in the area of West 7th Street after he stopped his vehicle in the roadway.
When questioned by police he admitted that he ran from police because he did not have a driver’s license.
ECC verified that Barker did not have a valid license.
Barker was taken into custody without incident and refused to submit a breath test.
The owner of the vehicle was contacted by authorities and stated he was unaware that anyone had his vehicle and wished to report it stolen.
An extended period of freezing rain overnight has left roads across the area in treacherous condition, with anyone who can stay home advised to do so this morning.
All public and private schools are closed in Christian County, while public schools are also closed in Todd, Trigg, Montgomery and Muhlenberg County. A winter weather advisory remains in effect through 9am for our western Kentucky Counties and for our middle Tennessee counties until noon.
Several wrecks have been reported throughout the area and at least two people on foot have fallen and possibly broken bones in Christian County this morning.
Christian County Road Department Superintendent Chuck Chambers says residents should stay at home this morning, if at all possible.
Chambers says his crews are working to treat the roads, but it’s slow going because of the conditions.
Brent Gilkey of Pennyrile Electric said there were no power outages reported as of about 7am.
You can find a complete listing of our closings and cancellations on our websites by clicking on the snowflake at the upper right hand portion of the screen. We are also posting up to date information on our Facebook page. Stay tuned to the WHOP Family of Stations for the latest on the weather situation.
Update: The victim has been identified as 21-year old Kimberly Johnson of Fairview. More details coming.
A Todd County woman was killed in a single-vehicle wreck in Pembroke early this morning.
Few Details are available, but initial reports indicated the incident happened around 1am on West Nashville Street in Pembroke when a woman ran off the road and her vehicle flipped.
She was pronounced dead on the scene and we will have more information as it becomes available.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Christian County Deputy Coroner Mike Stokes said he was still waiting on family notification to release the name as of about 7:30, but did say the victim was a Todd County resident.
An Elkton Police officer was arrested last night for allegedly attempting to buy drugs while on-duty.
Kentucky State Police say 44-year old Russell “Rusty” Morris is in the Muhlenberg County Jail on charges of official misconduct, trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of synthetic drugs. The charges are enhanced because of the presence of his weapon.
A news release says KSP received a tip that Morris was attempting to purchase narcotics while on duty and performed a delivery to him as part of an undercover operation. Morris was lodged in the Muhlenberg County Jail.
It’s not the first time Morris has been in trouble. He left the Hopkinsville Police Department in 2008 after being arrested for DUI on West 7th Street.
From Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham:
Christian County has been placed under a Winter Weather Advisory by the National Weather Service.
Freezing Rain is possible with minor accumulations which may result in very hazardous traveling conditions overnight Thursday and into Friday morning. The precipitation expected may have an effect of icy glazing on the roads, bridges and overpasses and a reduction in visibility.
Please drive with extreme caution and allow yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.
Use caution on steps, and other walkways as they may become very slick and hazardous as well.